Like all best friends, George and Martha do everything together—go to the movies, play at the beach, and just hang around not doing much of anything. George and Martha teach each other (and adoring readers) that even in a close friendship, privacy is important, practical jokes can sometimes backfire, and among other things, pouring split pea soup into your loafers to spare the chef's feelings is not the best-laid plan. A man with a talent for friendship, James Marshall defined its very essence in his stories about the world's two best friends. In this volume, all thirty-five episodes are brought together to celebrate friendship and two of the most lovable characters ever created. Each of these brief tales is filled with humor, and James Marshall's drawings are guaranteed to spark feelings of empathy, delight, and self-recognition.
This collector's edition includes an introduction by MauriceSendak as well as appreciations by some of the top authorsand illustrators working in children's publishing today.It is a true testament to James Marshall as an author, as an artist, and as a person that his work and his life inspired such a diverse and immensely talented group. Noted children's book historian Anita Silvey provides an afterword.
James Marshall's fabulous and funny stories about two gregarious hippos, George and Martha, are collected together here, interspersed with fond appreciations and remembrances by noted children's authors. Maurice Sendak reminisces, Jack Gantos fondly remembers over-staying his welcome on a pilgrimage to Marshall's house, and Jon Scieszka recalls one fateful book signing. Shown in all its bickering, joking, and scheme-hatching glory, the exquisitely funny and nuanced friendship of George and Martha has stayed fresh with every new generation of children. Whether secretly hosting Martha Fan Club meetings, pouring Martha's pea soup in his shoes, or sporting a new gold tooth, George is always endearing. Martha's no nonsense approach to everything--from forcing George to enjoy a picnic to throwing a bath tub at him--is continually hilarious and enchanting. With Marshall's classic illustrations.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Humorous Stories, Short Stories, Social Issues / Friendship
- 9-12 years
- September 1, 2008
- September 1, 2008
- James Marshall